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Rock Steady

    June 23, 2013 — Even though Liam Palalios is using a steadying device, he also demonstrates proper technique by tucking his elbow into his ribs to help keep the entire unit as steady as possible and minimize camera shake, as he videotapes the crowd while the band Still Burnin' plays from the gazebo.


Hopkinton Native to Produce The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Hopkinton Native Amy Ozols, who graduated from Hopkinton High School, Class of 1993, has been named Producer of the slot being taken over by Jimmy Fallon, who she has been writing for since he began his stint on late night TV
Read a detailed story from TVBlend.

Free Ride

June 23, 2013 — Nineteen month-old Kurtis Wall, his camera-shy sister ducking behind him, gets a ride from his Dad today on the common. Little does he know the significance of riding in a John Deere wagon at a farmers market.


Private Place

June 23, 2013 — Seven year-old Alanna Meyer found her own little space to enjoy the smell of a freshly picked daisy at the MetroWest YMCA Hopkinton Outdoor Recreation Center's well-attended open house on Saturday. Like a fishhook, she found it easy to push her way in, but needed a parent's assistance to help her exit the space.

Spring to Life

June 23, 2013 — This dragonfly was morphed from a nymph this year, as evidenced by the flawless edges of its wings, which will be damaged from competing to mate during upcoming season. From the looks of some white debris on its wings, it appears that it might have escaped from a spider's web strand.



June 23, 2013 — Hopkinton Republicans showed their enthusiasm on Saturday morning at the Main and Grove Streets intersection by holding signs, waving and smiling at vehicles, and engaging in conversation with anyone who walked by and expressed an interest.


Gallery of People at the Hopkinton Relay for Life

Click on graphic above to check out our gallery of people at the Relay for Life last night, some survivors, some patients, and many families and friends.
HopNews Photos by Robert Falcione and Brent Heavey.



School Committee Votes 4-1 to Not Return Overage to Town

Getting public records from the School Committee "...is like pulling teeth." ~ Ed Harrow

Kudos to Interim Superintendent Dr. Steven Hiersche

by Muriel Kramer

June 22, 2013 — The School Committee re-organized at its meeting this week, electing Nancy Alvarez Burdick to continue as Chairwoman and Jon Graziano to serve as Vice-Chairman.  Newly elected SC member Ellen Scordino nominated Scott Aghababian and Jean Bertschmann nominated Nancy Alvarez-Burdick; in discussion Aghababian highlighted his desire to see the members of the SC act more as a Board of Directors versus being so actively involved in the day to day business of the administrators in particular.  “I think our town at some of our recent elections has shown us they aren’t necessarily happy with the direction this board takes.  Some are saying we put extra pressure on our administrators the way we are acting.” 

                For her part, Nancy Alvarez Burdick agreed in part, but held that a lot of changes had been put in place this year while also suggesting there is always room for improvement.  In further discussion, Aghababian suggested his level of concern related most to the transition upcoming as the new Superintendent begins her tenure.  “It’s up to all of us to make sure she is successful; at the same time I would be concerned if any of us spent too much time directing her.  Presumably we have hired someone who knows how to do her job.  I agree with Nancy that the Chair has to be a resource for the Committee.”

                Nancy responded, “We don’t need to direct our new Superintendent.  The agreement we have has the ability to ensure success without our directing.”  After discussion, Alvarez-Burdick was elected, with Graziano, Jean Bertschmann and Alvarez-Burdick voting yes, and Scordino and Aghababian voting no. Graziano was unanimously chosen to be Vice-Chairman.  Alvarez-Burdick reported that in its working session held earlier, the SC had decided to have some members focus work on two major initiatives and report back to the committee regularly. Scordino and Bertschmann will focus work on a re-work of the strategic plan, while Graziano and Aghababian will work on budget issues for the committee.

                New Superintendent Cathy MacLeod begins work in July, so the SC took a few minutes to thank Interim Superintendent Steven Hiersche for his contributions this past year at a time of turmoil and uncertainty for the District.  All had words of praise and appreciation with Aghababian offering, “You mended a lot of fences. “  They all offered Hiersche their best wishes for the future.



Historical Society Gathering

June 22, 2013 — Hopkinton Historical Society Boston Marathon charity runner Rupal Shah, a native of Tanzania, shows of her medal form the 2013 Boston Marathon flanked by Ray Gendreau on her right, and Dave Spengler on her left at the organization's annual Strawberry Social last night. Dave, who lives near the gas line on East Main Street, was the first person Rupal saw on her run toward Boston who was cheering on her behalf. He was holding a sign with her name and number on it as she ran by.

       Also at the members-only event was  Mel Simons, an entertainer with an old-time radio flair. And of course, strawberries, pound cake and whipped cream were a good reason to be there.


A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words

June 22, 2013 — A Hopkinton Fire Lieutenant shows Director of Municipal Inspections Charles Kadlik a photo from the interior of 188 Hayden Rowe Street, which suffered a partial collapse yesterday, closing that part of the road for hours.


Superman Needs Home

     Baypath received a call on Sunday afternoon from Bill Proctor, our Hopkinton Animal Control officer. He received word that a little 30 lb black dog had been found on the side of the road in Hopkinton. He said he thought he might have been hit by a car. He was alert, but had some wounds on him. We told him to bring the little guy by so we could scan him for a chip and check out his wounds. We opened the door of Bill’s truck and found the poor thing, whose only identification was a Superman collar, curled up in the passenger seat.
     It was late 
Sunday afternoon and the vets’ offices were closed so we decided to bring him into our medical room. Holly Miller, a Hopkinton resident, friend of the shelter and surgical vet tech, came down to help us clean his wounds and bandage him up. He had several spots of road rash on his under side, a few gashes up his legs and a front left paw that was pretty torn up. Although he was obviously in a great deal of pain, the sweetheart tried to show his appreciation by nuzzling us and giving us little licks. He was also not opposed to accepting pieces of rotisserie chicken from us! Feeling right at home, he was eager to take a load off in the comfy bed we made up for him. Over the past few days, we have had members of our local animal care community in to monitor his progress. He continues to heal and bond with the staff and volunteers here. He loves to interact with the people and his ears perk up as soon as he knows he’s headed out on a walk! Superman is a reminder of the good that can come when our community works together to help a dog in need. Please spread the word about our own little survivor that is now looking for a family of his own! For more information please visit our website 

— Liz Jeffereis

Weston Nurseries 90th Anniversary Celebration With a Speakeasy Theme

Police Incident Log

Updated Friday, June 21, 2013


The Hopkinton Police were involved in the following incidents, which are not included in the detail report below.

5 Times the Police assisted the Fire Department, another department, town, or outside Police agency.

2 Motor Vehicle/Person/Home Checks.

2 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

1 Disabled Motor Vehicle.

3 Times the Police assisted with an Animal Call.

Incident Log

Thursday, June 20, 2013

9:28 pm A Main Street manager reported two suspicious motor vehicles in the parking lot. Officer Aaron O'Neil responded and spoke with the operator who was waiting for some friends.

8:47 pm A motorist reported a road rage incident involving two vehicles who then pulled into the police station. Officer Aaron O'Neil responded and spoke with both individuals.

7:27 pm A Walk-in from Weybridge Lane spoke with Officer William Burchard regarding a domestic situation.

3:52 pm A caller from reported having an altercation with a person who was going door to door selling meat products on Tammer Lane. Officer Aaron O'Neil responded to take a report.

3:30 pm There were multiple 911 calls for a motor vehicle accident with personal injury involving a bicycle on West Main Street. Two officers responded and advised that victim was transported to the hospital.

10:05 am A walk-in spoke with Officer Gregg DeBoer regarding getting struck by a bicyclist on Hayden Rowe Street while delivering mail.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

10:12 pm A caller reported a Toyota Rav 4 was parked on Tiffany Trail and did not belong there. Officer Matthew McNeil responded and advised that the vehicle was registered to a neighbor.

10:00 pm A resident of Chestnut Street reported that a neighbor was being loud. Officer Aaron O'Neil responded and spoke with the home owner who turned down the music.

9:21 pm Officer Aaron O'Neil spoke with a person at EMC Park who was waiting for someone to open the dog house.

8:41 pm A caller reported a suspicious man sitting on the side of Lumber Street. Officer Matthew McNeil responded and spoke with him who stated that he was going to Woodville.

8:47 pm A motorist reported a possible erratic operator on East Main Street. Officer Gregg DeBoer checked the area but could not locate the vehicle.

1:35 pm Officer Patrick O'Brien spoke with a Winter Street resident regarding suspicious activity at her house.

10:37 am A caller reported a motorcycle crash with personal injury on Route 495. Two officers responded and advised that the operator was transported to the hospital.

9:56 am Detective Timothy Brennan followed up on suspicious activity on Elm Street.


Partial Building Collapse Closes Hayden Rowe Street

June 21, 2013 — Shortly after noon, a multi-unit apartment building at 188 Hayden Rowe Street that some might call a tenement, suffered a partial collapse of the front and side walls and part of the tar and gravel roof today, and sent the renters scurrying from the building, calling 911.

           The Fire Department notified Milford and Westborough for assistance, and called in Ashland's Tower/Ladder, which arrived at 12:42 pm.

           Hopkinton Police immediately closed the road at Chestnut and Granite Streets, and brought police officers in from other assignments to assist with the incident.

            HopNews will monitor any changes and report them here after alerting HopNews facebook and Twitter users.


Metrowest Anti-Casino Coalition

Seeks Qualified Legal Services


Hopkinton, MA  -  The MetroWest Anti-Casino Coalition (MWACC) is reviewing Draft Scope of Services documents from law firms qualified in the casino development industry.  Specifically, MWACC will be reviewing submissions from Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP (Indianapolis, IN) and Day Pitney LLP (Boston, MA).


Other law firms experienced in representing communities in the legal, technical and social impact aspects of casino development projects are encouraged to contact the undersigned for further information.  The MetroWest Anti-Casino Coalition expects to select legal counsel from a short list of four firms within thirty days.


For all inquiries, or to forward proposals or letters of interest please contact:


Brian Herr


Metro West Anti-Casino Coalition



Town of Hopkinton


617 816 2364


Patient Flown to Hospital

According to police and broadcast reports, a 46  year-old female bicyclist collided with a passenger sedan near the intersection of West Main and School Streets at around 3:30 pm yesterday. A LifeFlight medical helicopter touched down on the South Street helipad about 15 minutes after first responders quickly evaluated the condition and called for the chopper out of UMass Worcester.  According to reports at the time, she received serious leg trauma, which is the reason for the rapid transport to UMass. After stabilizing her for the chopper ride, the bird lifted off at 4:12 for the trip to the UMass Trauma Center. HopNews readers were kept abreast of the developing story with updates scrolling on the marquee above.

Roaring Twenties

June 20, 2013 — Haley Zepf, left, and Anna Mezitt pause while serving hors d'oeuvres from Water Fresh Farm to guests at the Weston Nurseries Ninetieth Year Celebration this evening that had a Speakeasy theme. A group of musicians from the Indian Hill Music School in Littleton provided top shelf sounds from the era. All of the proceeds from the evening go toward the Weston Nurseries Jimmy Fund Walk on September 8, 2013. (Perhaps a little video on Friday).

The Graduates

June 20, 2013 — TLC stands for more than just the The Learning  Center of Hopkinton, but for a lot of tender loving care in a family atmosphere in a school house that looks like a home, with teachers and providers who engage in education, nurturing and enrichment. Above are a couple of the many graduates of the TLC pre-school program walking into the backyard gathering to introductory music early this evening, and joining their classmates and families in song and dance.

Please enjoy a robust gallery of photos below.



Happy Feet

June 20, 2013 — Relay for Life team "Happy Feet" set up at Colella's this afternoon to raise funds and awareness in the fight against cancer.



Francine (LeDuc) Harrel


Francine (LeDuc) Harrel, 63, of Bellingham, MA, now resides with the Lord following a courageous battle with breast cancer. She leaves behind: her beloved husband C.J. Harrel, her son, Shayne Harrel both of Bellingham, MA; two sisters; Carolle Lawson of Bellingham; Ginette Hehn of Northbrigde, MA; and brother Jaques LeDuc, of Ashland, MA. A memorial service will be held Monday, June 24th at 11:00 AM at the Faith Community Church of Hopkinton, 146 E Main St. Hopkinton, MA. Calling hours are scheduled on Sunday, June 23rd from 4:00-7:00 PM at the Matarese Funeral Home, 325 Main St, Ashland MA.


YMCA Camp Tour Day this Saturday June 22nd from 10:00 am – 1:00PM.
Tour the camp, meet the staff, healthy snacks and a good time for the entire family

Celebrating 50 Years of Camping from Davideo Company on Vimeo.

The MetroWest YMCA Summer Day Camp celebrates its 50th year in 2013. Return to the MetroWest YMCA's main website here: http://www.metrowestymca.org/


...Everywhere a Sign

June 20, 2013 — This individual is painting 28 Main today, the former Ciao Time Catering, which is on the Nation Register of Historic Buildings, on behalf of the building's owners, who also own Bill's Pizza, where the same company installed the drywall in the new building.

Five's Company

June 20, 2013 — Ilana Casady, accompanied by family pet, Sammy, Pushes her three children, 7 month-old twins Nili and Liat, as well as 2 year-old daughter Raya, up Church Street this morning in a stroller built for three.


Strength in Numbers

June 19 , 2013 — Center School students marched down Main Street this afternoon, crossed at the Fire Station, and returned on that side of the road after their field trip. Above, flanked by two adults, they safely cross Main Street at Hayden Rowe Street, where the width of the road, curb to curb, measures about 81 feet.


Exit Strategy

June 19, 2013 — This Downtown denizen inspects a storm water drainage tube in the driveway of the exit from Bill's Pizza, which resembles a tunnel it might like to take shelter in whenever the need arises. The photo is a good example of a shallow depth-of-field inherent with the use of a zoom lens, putting little else other than the subject in focus. It is also a good example of weighted balance in a composition, the diagonal lines splitting the image into three fairly equal sections.


Abutter Wants Dunkin Changes



Many of the residents on Elm Street have lived here for more than 50 years, they have modest homes that are close together and now are faced with a huge negative impact to their neighborhood. They are frustrated that their town doesn’t seem to really understand the problems that this proposed Dunkin Donuts will cause. Yes, Lights are an issue, but for us, the more immediate concern is the traffic nightmare about to come true.


1) Extreme issues with Elm Street traffic.

Neighborhood would like to eliminate proposed entrance from Elm Street.

This is not a “rear entrance” as it is stated on DD’s proposal - it’s 1 of 2 main entrances. It is the only one that traffic off of I495 will be using...as well as all East bound Main St. traffic, all traffic generated from the new “Acres” development (new Lumbar St. apartments/condo’s tennis & racket club), also from the new expansion on Elmwood Park. And, there is more property on West Elm that is slated for Condos (as stated in the Traffic Survey for the Lumbar St. expansion)

a) Specific Traffic Problem: When heading East on Elm Street the 180 degree turn from Elm onto High will be extremely difficult. When a vehicle is at the proposed stop sign, a vehicle cannot make that 180-degree turn without running into the vehicle at the stop sign. Also, the Site Distance from the proposed stop sign looking West on Elm is very limited....it will be impossible to safely exit High Street. Traffic will back up exponentially and “turn arounds” in our driveways and lawns will be constant at all hours.
b) Dunkin Donuts states there will be significant foot traffic generated: There aren’t any sidewalks in that part of Elm and High Streets, which is already a major problem for pedestrians with current traffic flow.


2) Hours of operation need to be reduced.

4:30AM to midnight translates into 4AM until 12:30AM...not necessary in a residential setting. The Traffic impact study just completed states that weekday rush hour is 7:30AM to 8:30AM, 4:45PM to 5:45PM. Dunkin Donuts states that 4:30AM to midnight are the existing hours for the Gas Station Dunkin Donuts...this proposed Dunkin Donuts will not be in a Gas station, it will be up against our homes and neighborhood!


3) Height of Lights need to conform to the surrounding existing businesses.

Hopkinton does not have any town ordinances regulating height of business lights. The proposed lighting is 22ft and 15ft.....much higher than the existing lights at the current Dunkin Donuts which are 12-feet. Dunkin Donuts is sighting safety issues if the lights are lower, however that is not a logical argument considering they have had 12-ft lights for years at the current site.


Please attend the next Planning Board meeting on Monday, June 24 at 7:30 to let your views be heard!


Respectfully, Amanda and Patrick Faucher

61 Elm Street

June 19, 2013


Milford Regional Dedicates Take The Stairs Mural

The completion of an impressive mural to promote healthy living in one of Milford Regional Medical Center’s stairwells was celebrated at a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony held at the Medical Center on Tuesday, June 18. 


The creation of a mural was the brainchild of the Medical Center’s Healthy Balance Committee as part of an initiative to inspire hospital employees to maintain and improve their health by “taking the stairs.” The focus on health became a community project when community muralist Tova Speter got involved along with the Painting and Design students from Blackstone Valley Technical High as well as their instructors. Hospital employees worked side by side with BVT students and the muralist to complete this project.


Recognized at the dedication was the hospital’s Colleague Giving Program as well as community partners who provided donations to make the project possible.

Police Incident Log
Updated Wednesday, June 19, 2013


The Hopkinton Police were involved in the following incidents, which are not included in the detail report below.

1 Time the Police assisted the Fire Department, another department, town, or outside Police agency.

3 Motor Vehicle Accidents without personal injury.

1 Disabled Motor Vehicle.


Incident Log

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

9:26 pm A caller reported that his wife may have been driving to the Middle School to pick up their daughter while intoxicated. Officer Aaron O'Neil checked the area but could not locate the vehicle.

11:21 am A caller reported stolen property from the new construction site on Bridle Path. Officer Stephen Buckley responded and took a report.

11:18 am An employee of a Wilson Street business reported that an individual fled from their building into the woods. Two officers responded and spoke with the woman.

9:39 am A resident of Commonwealth Avenue reported hearing a loud explosion. Two officers checked the area but did not hear anything suspicious.

9:21 am A Claflin Place resident reported hearing loud gunshots that seemed closer than the gun range on Lumber Street. Officer Thomas Griffin checked the area but did not hear any more gunshots.

8:48 am A caller reported than a gray school bus was operating erratically on West Main Street. Officer Thomas Griffin responded but was unable to locate the vehicle.

6:07 am A caller from South Street reported that a vehicle had been parked and occupied for the past half hour. Two officers responded and spoke with the occupants who stated that they were waiting for a family member from Hillcrest Drive.


Monday, June 17, 2013

10:03 pm A Hayden Rowe Street resident reported hearing a loud noise and someone yelling outside of her house. Officer Matthew McNeil checked the area but did not observe anything suspicious.

8:00 pm A walk-in from Cedar Street reported that her motor vehicle was broken into and her cell phone and purse were stolen. The State Police responded to the station to take a report.

2:29 pm A caller reported that a white pick-up truck just hit a trailer, which was attached to a truck, causing significant damage then took off eastbound on Wood Street. Officer David Shane responded and took a report.

10:53 am Officer David Shane advised that he spoke with a customer of a West Main Street business who was upset about when his order was going to be ready.

12:24 am The Medway Police Department requested an officer check the three rod and gun clubs in town for an individual who has been missing since yesterday morning. Sgt. John Porter looked for the person who could not be located.


DD Proponent not Open to Lowering Lights
"It's [entire proposal] unworkable"  - Sandy Altamura

June 19, 2013 — According to Design Review Board Chair Jeanette Thomson, a consultant for the Dunkin' Donuts proposed for 78 Main Street presenting their plans to that board last night, offered to help the town get their lighting bylaw written to be less vague, a notion more than one person in the room shared.
        The board recommended that the lights be lower than on the Dunkin' Donuts plan, a suggestion that most developers receive upon meeting with Hopkinton planners.
          The board has a list of recommendations for changes to forward to the Planning Board for it to consider before it approves the plan. Among the criteria for most plan approvals is that it does not change the character of the neighborhood. Nearby Elm Street resident and former Planning Board member Sandy Altamura was on hand at the meeting.
           "You shouldn't dump traffic into a residential neighborhood," she said, referring to the exit onto Elm Street.
             Mrs. Altamura also listed the lighting and hours of operation as objectionable.
              "It's unworkable,": she concluded.
             The proponents will meet again with the Planning Board, which will review the suggestions of Design Review. Ms. Thomson said the proponents did not agree to lower the lights.
• Kudos to Police •
• Property changing hands? • 
June 19, 2013

HopFlash#1  Yesterday morning, with westbound traffic backed up on Main Street to the east and northbound on Grove Street, more than would be expected as a result of the construction, a Hopkinton police officer noticed that the lights at Main/Cedar/Grove were giving the pedestrian light favored status in every cycle of the light, even when it was not manually activated. A detail police officer ran the lights from the electronic control panel until the unit was repaired.


HopFlash#2 Workers were taking required test borings from the weedy lot on Main Street that has been empty since the Central House was torn down years ago. One of the workers said such work, called a 23E, is often done at the request of a bank when a property is changing hands.

Police, Water, High on Agenda

June 19, 2013 — Despite being perplexed over the consultant's presentation during much of it, the Selectmen asked the tough questions to get to the bottom of it, and ultimately voted to raise water rates by 7.7% and the sewer rates by zero.

            Human Resource Director Deborah Hilton-Creek gave the Selectmen her recommendations for the process of hiring a new Chief of Police. Chief Rick Flannery, a 35-year veteran of the department, will be signing off for his last time on June 30, 2013.

           Ms. Hilton-Creek recommended that Lt. Charles Wallace be appointed as Interim Chief following negotiations with him on a contract. Another recommendation includes a specific group of six search committee individuals: "1 BoS member; the current Chief of Police; Personnel Committee member; HR Director; and, Chief of Police from a nearby town; for a total of not more than 6 members."

            Among other recommendations is the hiring of a search committee which will seek the best candidates from the region.            


HopFlash #1: A reader who attended the School Committee meeting this morning has reported that Nancy Alvarez Burdick announced she will not run for another term when her seat is up.
The Swellesley Report has made public that Hopkinton  School Department Director of Technology Kathleen Dooley will become the Wellesley School District Director of Technology. In a related story, Swellesley Report notes that a 1-1 technology initiative will begin with 5th Grade and will involve those students receiving iPads at no cost to the families.


Horribles Parade to be Held July 4, 2013, 12:00 noon at Hopkinton Common

The Horribles Parade is on for July 4th.   This year’s theme is “Patriotism”.  It’s not a surprise to anyone that there are no shortages of opinions among the citizens of Hopkinton.   Come celebrate our diversity and unity by participating in this year’s parade.  In past years, individuals, families, neighborhoods and clubs have creatively honored our history, politics, patriotism, sports teams and family spirit.     


The parade starts at Noon at the Town Common.  It will continue up Hayden Rowe, down Grove Street to Pleasant Street, then along Main Street back to the Common.  Floats should show up at the Common by 11:30.  No need to register in advance - just show up and enjoy the fun.


If you have any questions on the Horribles Parade, need ideas or assistance please call Dan McIntyre at 508-868-5424.

Contributed content. Photo from the McIntyre collection.



2013 Boston Marathon Champion Lelisa Desisa to Gift His Championship Medal to the City of Boston in Tribute to All Victims of the April 15 Tragedy
Tribute to be held on the Boston Common on June 23, 2013, at 10 a.m.

BOSTON, MA, June 18, 2013—John Hancock Financial and the Boston Athletic Association today announced that the 2013 Boston Marathon champion, Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia (HopNews file photo 2013 at Start), will gift his championship medal to the City of Boston, on behalf of all Boston Marathon runners, to honor the victims and families affected by the tragic events of April 15, 2013.

Desisa will present his medal to Mayor Thomas M. Menino on June 23, 2013, at 10 a.m. on the Boston Common, near Charles Street. Desisa will make the tribute after competing in the B.A.A. 10K, which begins at 8 a.m.

In a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Ethiopia last month, Desisa announced his intention of returning to Boston to gift his medal to the City.

“Less than two hours after I had crossed the finish line as this year’s champion, my joy turned to sorrow as I learned the tragic news of the death and the injury to so many innocent people. This day brought pain to many families and tremendous sorrow into many homes,” said Desisa. “As a gesture of my solidarity with the victims of this senseless act of violence, I will return to Boston and gift my medal to the people of Boston in honor and in memory of those who suffered and those who died on that day.”

“My message to all of you is that sport should always be a source of pleasure and enjoyment, healthy recreation, and positive competition. Sport holds the power to unite people and to connect people from all over the world with one another, allowing them the opportunity to share in their common humanity and to celebrate the richness of our world’s cultural diversity.”

At the 2013 Boston Marathon, Desisa was among 32 athletes from 11 countries competing on the John Hancock Elite Athlete Team for the 117th running of the race.

“When the world turned its eyes to Boston in the days and weeks following the marathon, the resiliency of our city, the courage of our first responders, and the strength of the many survivors were on full display,” Mayor Menino said. “Since then, countless acts of kindness and generosity have lifted our spirits and inspired us. On behalf of the City of Boston, we thank Lelisa for his thoughtful and moving gesture.”

"Lelisa's return to Boston and his participation in the B.A.A. 10K will mark yet another admirable gesture that we have been witness to in the weeks following this year's Boston Marathon," said Tom Grilk, B.A.A. Executive Director. "Lelisa's participation is itself a tribute to all those affected by the events of April 15 and the aftermath, and we look forward to welcoming and thanking him for his compassion."

“Lelisa is a remarkable young man whose symbolic gesture embodies the heartfelt concern of so many people around the globe,” said Rob Friedman, head of Sponsorship and Event Marketing at John Hancock. “We are humbled by his action and join him in respectfully honoring the victims of this senseless tragedy.”


Team Athletics beat the Orioles in an extra inning to win the Triple A Little League Division.  They won the game 10-9.

Team Members included: Quentin Barnes, Mike Burney, Jake Chirco, Matthew Coffman, Colin Davan, Luke Gammal, Aidan Medeiros, Sean McGrail, Nick Paharik, Alex Smith, and Dan Staring. Contributed content.


Michael P. Fortunato, 60


Michael P. Fortunato- Mike, a man of endless patience and a caring heart, always thinking of others before himself, passed away Monday June 17, 2013 at Metro-West Medical Center in Framingham. He was the loving father of Marissa, Maria, and Taylor, and soulmate and husband of Colette. He also leaves a brother, John, and his wife, Joanne, of Mendon. Mike, you will always be in our hearts. Te amo.

A funeral memorial mass will be held on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 6:00p.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church, 20 Church St. Hopkinton. Arrangements are under the care of the Chesmore Funeral Home of Hopkinton.


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